First Study for Government of the People

Jacques Lipchitz, American (born Lithuania), 1891 - 1973

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1967

Medium:
Bronze

Dimensions:
16 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 6 inches (41.9 x 26.7 x 15.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Modern Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1981-57-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Ingersoll, 1981

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In 1967, the City of Philadelphia awarded Lipchitz his second commission for a public monument: a large sculpture to be installed on the southeast plaza of the Municipal Services Building, directly opposite City Hall. This initial study for the monument, first made in plaster and later cast in bronze, recalls earlier sculptures such as Rescue of the Child, in which Lipchitz created a towering monument with multiple tiers of people supporting each other's weight. These figures carry aloft an unfurled flag of Philadelphia, an image of civic pride reminiscent of Lipchitz's political works of the 1930s.